Communications Minister Obaidul Quader has informed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will soon lay the foundation stone of the proposed Metro Rail project in capital Dhaka as the funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has given a go ahead for the appointment of a consultant.
Talking to reporters in Chittagong on his way to
Khagrhachharhi on Friday, the minister said the project has moved a step forward
with the clearance for the appointment of the consultant.
visit, the Communications Minister will inaugurate 16 bridges on
Chittagong-Khagrhachharhi road. On his way he also inspected Chittagong’s
Oxygen-Hatazari Road at Charpul and expressed his displeasure over the progress
of the restoration work.
He also issued a show-cause notice to Roads and
Highways Department Executive Engineer (Chittagong) Rana Priyo Barua for the
delay in restoration work.
On the Metro Rail Project, Quader said, “We
had signed a deal with JICA for the Tk 220 billion Metro Rail project. The JICA
has given its nod for the appointment of a consultant. The Prime Minister will
very soon lay the foundation of the project at Uttara.”
signed a deal with JICA for implementation of the project on Feb
According to the deal, the JICA under Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
development project will provide a loan of Tk 9.24 billion for the appointment
of consultant for the project.
Of the total cost of Tk 220 billion, JICA
will provide Tk 165.95 billion, while the Bangladesh government will take care
of the remaining Tk 53.90 billion.
The 20.1-kilometre-long Mass Rapid
Transit (MRT) Line-6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi,
the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla,
TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Intersection, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh
A survey was conducted during the caretaker government regime to
construct the metro rail or elevated expressway across the capital, which got
momentum after the Hasina government assumed office in January 2009.
the project got stuck after Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) raised objections to the
first design of the proposed metro rail route through Bijoy Sarani stating that
its height would hinder air traffic at Tejgaon.
After the government
revised the design of the overland metro project by excluding Bijoy Sarani from
the original design, the JICA agreed to provide the necessary fund at a meeting
with Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Dec 2 last year.
According to the
Planning Division, the rail track would be constructed in three phases. The
Pallabi-Sonargaon Hotel route (11 kilometres) would be completed by 2019 and the
Sonargaon-Bangladesh Bank route (4.4 kilometres) by 2020. The remaining
Uttara-Pallabi route (4.7 kilometres) was expected to be completed by
The government said once the 'Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development
Project' was implemented, some 60,000 commuters would be able to travel through
Metro Rail every hour.